In Washington State the Washington Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (WA ICAC TF) made a concentrated effort on Peer to Peer (P2P) cases involving individuals who have been actively acquiring known child pornography of the most graphic and egregious nature.
This was in addition to the normal case load including CyberTips. These are some of the most complex cases to investigate and require a significant amount of training and expertise among our investigators.
In Washington the potential leads for P2P cases averages 18,000 to 25,000 annually. Per capita when factoring out population densities, geographical size of the state, and other factors to present a more similar relational view Washington consistently ranks at the top for all states in the U.S. The other states in the top five are California, New York, Texas and Florida.
The individuals involved in these crimes are some of the most active and virulent predators in our communities. No community is untouched in the state.
From March 1 to 31, the Washington ICAC Task Force accomplished 236 investigations, 228 search warrants, 87 arrests, 25 federally prosecuted cases, 67 community outreach presentations, 3853 presentation attendees, four contacted offenders, 14 children identified as suffer abuse and 51 P2P investigations.
Detective Chris Myers investigated a P2P case in unincorporated Redmond. The investigation suggested two sons aged 17 and 19 living with their parents. Myers led the investigation which led to a large collection of child pornographic material. The 19-year-old son admitted to the crimes and was booked for Dealing and Possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.